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15 Mar 2019 | 07:45 AM UTC

Malaysia: Hundreds hospitalized after toxic waste leak in Johor State March 14

Malaysia News Alert

Hundreds treated for exposure to toxic waste as schools close in Pasir Gudang (Johor State) as of March 14; lingering disruptions to medical services possible over coming weeks

TIMEFRAME expected from 3/14/2019, 12:00 AM until 3/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kuala_Lumpur). COUNTRY/REGION Pasir Gudang

Event

As of Thursday, March 14, the Malaysian government has ordered all 111 schools to close in Pasir Gudang (Johor State) following the illegal dumping of toxic waste into a nearby river. Over 500 people have received medical treatment after inhaling the hazardous fumes; at least 160 people were admitted to the hospital for symptoms such as breathing difficulties, dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. Local sources have reported that the waste is believed to contain chemicals used to dissolve metal at a scrapyard and a chemical factory, although this is yet to be confirmed. Police have reportedly detained two factory owners and one worker in connection with the dumping of waste.

Lingering disruptions, including crowded conditions at medical facilities, are possible in the affected area as cleanup efforts continue over the coming weeks.

Advice

Individuals in Pasir Gudang are advised to monitor the situation and adhere to instructions by local authorities.

 

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